So much has been written about this show and Jerry's end. It sounds good. People are projecting their sadness and unable to hear the music for what it is. I haven't read anyone comment on just how much the drummers are kicking ass throughout. The jams sound good e.g. SS. Remember, time colors your perception... in the early 80's we thought, crap Jerry's voice is shot, in the 90's we wished he sound as good as the early 80's again and so on. Play this show for anyone who won't recognize it as the last, I bet they won't mention bad vibes or sadness.
March 25, 2014 Subject:
and the very last "space"!
These days, being 2014 now, it's all about "space" from the beginning unto the end. Just for that alone, 5 stars! It's not even about regular music for me, it's SPACE! Lots and lots of space. I tend to eat, drink, live in "space" I love space. I am an astronaut, not of this world. And so it's all about space! It's been said that when the boys went to Egypt and played those shows there at the pyramids, it wasn't the best ones they did. Probably true. But then, listen to the "space" portions. It all makes sense to me. That's what it was all about. "Space" is the place. After 7-9- 1995 there was no more space. I don't know if the "dead" even do that stuff at all anymore. I haven't been to a GD or Dead show since 1987.
Now about the actual passing of Jerry a month later, in August 9th I believe. That day, was very strange. When his actual departure happened in the bay area there was a power shortage reported there, around the same time. Very strange indeed. He really must have been a very powerful spirit indeed. Also, I heard the news while rafting on the American River outside of Sacramento. Also appropriate for me being how things happen on the river. I'd like to see a box set of everything they did concerning "Space" What a box set that would be! Over and out!
January 18, 2014 Subject:
I was there...
Beautiful music that day and yet we could see that Jerry was near his end, time and death were dancing and I'm sure Jerry felt it!!!
Jeepers peepers, lighten up folks. It is ok to leave a negative review, but make it useful. For what it is worth, I am a middle-aged Deadhead, tried and trued. Went to loads of shows, first turned on in 1979 with a copy of Terrapin Station. Want to know the best years? Depends on your mood. Over the past few years, I have been enjoying this website and embracing the spectrum. Sometimes I want to groove, sometimes I want to brood. My last show was in 1990 but I also can feel the emotion in "So Many Roads." If you can't find anything in ANY show from 66-95, you might want to reconsider what you are looking for. Thankfully, the Dead--and this Archive--give us a lot of material to contemplate. No rating from me. You ever put stars on a visit to church or a family reunion?
July 2, 2012 Subject:
Yes it was one of the strongest of it's short lived inclusion into their setlist that I heard. Seeing Jer kick his leg up as a sign of his emotion on the fateful night reminded me of Jer in the 80's. Not surprised though seeing where it fell in terms of timing from their backstage refuling. Not to say that the brains receptors were fully plugged in by this point, but he went off around this point of the show, as I remember it well for the wrong reason.
SO MANY ROADS TEASE MY SOUL!!!
December 17, 2011 Subject:
Black Muddy River
Boy oh Boy do I miss Jerry
August 19, 2011 Subject:
Crossfired -- I could not have said it better myself and am sure ALL the bandmembers would agree wholeheartedly. I'm sure many of US appreciate your eloquence and intelligence. "And it's one in ten thousand that come for the show....."
Crossfired -- are you really saying no one should write a review unless they were there?
It is not sacrilege to listen to this show and conclude that it is utter crap. And you don't have to know the band members personally to know that the Dead were on shaky legs -- the entire tour and Lesh's book leave no doubt about this.
what about that so many roads. If that doesn't send chills up your spine nothin will.
July 24, 2011 Subject:
Are you all really serious? You guys think and write like you are the foremost experts and psyhrinks for the Dead. Give it a REST. Studio albums? What? Really? Try a bootleg collection or take a hike. You psycho analyze every detail, late 80's smokin, no wait, the REAL Dead is the late 60's and early 70's, no late 70's, no early 80's. Shut the hell up, all ya'all. Let the music be and shut the ?uck up. To each his/her own. The music speaks to each of us INDIVIDUALLY. Stop trying to tell all of us how to listen and what to like. I'm so sick of you so called Dead Heads writing un-invited, I know the Dead the best, this is how it is, this is what Jerry was thinking, I am Siskel or Ebert, I met the band, Bob told me so, I'm so damn lonely I have nothing better to do but write hot air filled ficticious, bloated , worthless reviews. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth you fools go. I wanna puke. Can you doctor and masters of music with a minor in dip-shit head shut the #$ck up for a second? I gotta read 15 of your shit filled reviews to get to one decent first person perspective of a show. Back off "experts". Every one of us is a snowflake. We like the Dead and a particular era of Dead ALL DIFFERENTLY! Stop telling us your thoughts and keep it to yourself. We killed Jerry? Really? You know this? Oh, I see, you talked to Bob and Phil, ok. OH, I saw 15 shows and I know it all! Well I saw 28 so I'm a seasoned head with inside knowledge! no way man, I saw over 67 shows, dig that. Well, I sawr 88 east coast shows, I'm the shit. Try north of 150 bitches. Ha, really? I thought north of 500 qualified as a freshman. You fools. Spare us all the " I wanna write a puke filled novel, I just smoked a bowl of worthless "medical grade" cannabis so listen to me because I know who Pig Pen was so I'm for real". If you have something to say, it had better be only because you were at that particular show and you have some wonderful insight about the show, first hand. Either that or explain your taping gear. Otherwise, shut the fuck up for once and all.
Great sounding board! Not too sloppy for thear final show! Bitter sweet..........
June 3, 2011 Subject:
Born in '57
American Beauty was the second GD album I owned (after Workingman's).It was June of 1971, and the record album was a gift for graduating Junior High School (9th grade!)from a lady who worked with my father. I was asked what record she could buy me, and I responded "any Grateful Dead except Workingman's Dead". I'm sure they had to write that one down!
I got into it immediately. To this day AB is perhaps my favorite album (not just Grateful Dead). And Box of Rain is perhaps my favorite song from this album.
To you newbies and young 'uns, I suggest that you listen to '69, 70 & '71 to experience the true heart and soul of the Grateful Dead.
Addendum: interesting theory, Babyblu!
March 7, 2011 Subject:
The dead heads did not kill jerry. Jerry was very down to earth and did not even consider him self a supper star like some one else said. I think IT JUST HAPPENED we miss him but he does live
You know our love not fade away, not fade away!
February 2, 2011 Subject:
the deadheads killed Jerry......
the reason we are all struggling back and forth with all this pointless banter and bickering is that deep down maybe we know the truth....... the deadheads killed Jerry.......... they loved him to death........
i don't think he wanted all that love, personally;
for himself. he was not comfortable with his stature as superstar. he tried to pass the baton to Bobby but we wouldn't allow it. Pigpen was the original frontman. just like Brian Jones was for the Stones, but Jerry is no Mick Jagger.
so he drowned his anxiety in drugs and junk food,..so what, he coulda quit whenever he wanted and kept his own band. he was having fun.......so were we.
January 31, 2011 Subject:
Curiousity Got Me
I had to hear the final show. It's not terrible but not great. Jerry sounds tired and the rest of the band is just lacking energy. I gave one more star than I thought it deserved due to the double encore which saves the show. The Black Muddy River I have to say is beautiful and sad.
November 27, 2010 Subject:
Wow, So I did a search this morning to find any dead shows played on my birthday. What a psuedo-bummer, played on my 7th birthday.
They encored one of my favorite songs, and my late mom's absolute fav (box).
Wish I coulda been there but Jerry's prolly rocking some concert in heaven right now, PLAY PEGGY-O!
August 22, 2010 Subject:
Last Muddy River
This (last) Black Muddy River made me shed a tear of my own. Powerful and moving considering the circumstances and the eventuality.
July 9, 2010 Subject:
A Long Time To Be Gone
This Black Muddy River is worth a listen, you can clearly hear Jerry sing "I will walk alone, along the LAST muddy river"
Just like Phil to tack Box of Rain on the end. A short time to be there indeed. They ended the 2009 Dead tour at the Gorge with Box too, but Phil sang "such a long long time to be gone, and a short time to BE!"
In a 1980 interview by David Gans, Phil was asked if they would ever perform Unbroken Chain, and Phil's response was that if they ever did, it would probably mean "the end of the Grateful Dead". It's no coincidence that they broke it out in '95!
R.I.P. Jerry...thanks for everything.
July 9, 2010 Subject:
DONT LISTEN TO SNYDEL
Snydel is mistaken. Ofcourse everyone has a preference of what years were peak years for the Dead, just like i have my favorite years, but what he is saying doesnt even make sense.
He says post-82 dead is no good, but those years dont even match up. Ok... if you are a keith and donna fan, those years were over in 78. (my personal fave year being 77) From 79 to 82 was Brents first few years with the band and do you really think that 1981 Dead with Brent was better than 1989 or 90 dead after Brent had found his place in the band?? Simply a ridiculous statement. 1979-1984 was still dead, but it was a more laid back kinda dead... not nearly as hard hitting as 1985 and beyond. Ofcourse I have my opinions and I feel that anything after 1992 was not really that great because I wasnt a vince fan, but if snydel is going to include brent years as some of the best years, then there is no comparison to the smokin stuff of the late eighties. Also, in 1991 when Bruce was helping out it brought the entire band to a whole new level and it truly was some of the most inspired music I have ever heard the dead play. The proof is all over the archive here. Dont believe it... do your own research.
March 4, 2010 Subject:
Actually, it was an unintentional occurrence. Jerry decided to play Black Muddy River, and afterwards, Phil (knowing this was the final day of a very turbulent tour, and not wanting to end it on a sad song) Started in on Box of Rain. Box of Rain being the first track of American Beauty. American Beauty being the album that is most often a persons first exposure to the band. I dont know about any of you, but The first Grateful Dead song I ever heard was Box of Rain (Born in 81). The first time I heard it, I listened to it for at least an hour. Therefore I at least find this to be the perfect song to end the trip on. Better than anything else was Garcias first solo in so many roads. I sit here with tears in my eyes as I listen to it now. For that solo alone this show gets 5 stars.
if you want to hear the Grateful Dead at their best ya gotta listen to 1966 through 1980 (1982 at the very latest). Any new listeners reading this post take my advice. You won't be disappointed. Nobody likes to hear that the years they saw the Dead in-person sucked but the reality is post-1982 Grateful Dead is nowheres near pre-1982.
October 4, 2009 Subject:
I want to buy this show
please can anybody get me this version, the soundboard version by Tony Gardner. I am just a kid and who wants the dead atmosphere to continue. Please if anybody can help, email me at email@example.com
August 11, 2009 Subject:
Was a great night great breeze off the lake . Double encure was also a great suprise. miss you